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Title: Micro- and nanostructuring of poly(ethylene-2,6-naphthalate) surfaces, for biomedical applications, using polymer replication techniques
Author: Mills, C. A.
Escarré i Palou, Jordi
Engel, E.
Martinez, E.
Errachid, Abdelhamid
Bertomeu i Balagueró, Joan
Andreu i Batallé, Jordi
Planell, J. A. (Josep Anton)
Samitier i Martí, Josep
Keywords: Polímers
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Institute of Physics (IOP)
Abstract: Here we investigate the formation of superficial micro- and nanostructures in poly(ethylene-2,6-naphthalate) (PEN), with a view to their use in biomedical device applications, and compare its performance with a polymer commonly used for the fabrication of these devices, poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The PEN is found to replicate both micro- and nanostructures in its surface, albeit requiring more forceful replication conditions than PMMA, producing a slight increase in surface hydrophilicity. This ability to form micro/nanostructures, allied to biocompatibility and good optical transparency, suggests that PEN could be a useful material for production of, or for incorporation into, transparent devices for biomedical applications. Such devices will be able to be autoclaved, due to the polymer's high temperature stability, and will be useful for applications where forceful experimental conditions are required, due to a superior chemical resistance over PMMA.
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It is part of: Nanotechnology, 2005, vol. 16, num. 4, p. 369-375
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ISSN: 0957-4484
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